’s Week of Riding


In the true spirit of Make it Happen Monday, we’re kicking off this week like a fired up Rockstar.  Not only has labeled this the “Week of Riding” for their Summer of Doing promotion, but they have brought me and Loving the Bike on as their expert for the subject.

As you can probably imagine, I am totally stoked about being asked to help them out with this and it goes to show that if you continuously focus on reaching your goals….you totally can Make it Happen.

During this Week of Riding at, we’ll be focusing on people who are new to the world of cycling and providing all the ammunition we can to get them out there Loving the Bike.  So strap on your helmets and get ready for a great week of bikey goodness and cycling information.

For more information on what bing’s Summer of Doing is all about, head over to

Life Emulating a Bike Ride

To get things started, today’s post features ways in which life emulates riding a bike.  I thought it would be a cool topic to share with people new to the ways of the bike, but also something that all the hardcore cycling junkies could relate to as well.

How would you say that your life emulates riding a bike?  We’ve all read the famous quote by Albert Einstein, and with words like this there’s no denying that this dude was a true genius.  I asked this question about life and bikes on Twitter a couple of weeks ago, and there were some fantastic responses….but now it’s my turn to talk about how my life is like riding a bike.

If there is one thing that I’ve learned over the past few months, it’s that all things are fragile.  Adding that to my belief that nothing should ever be taken for granted has put me in the mind frame of how life can so easily mimic a bike ride.

I’ve seen how even something that is considered rock solid and un-breakable, can be held together by a string at times…..just like that unexpected shifter cable break that happens in the middle of a great ride.

I’ve experienced the fact that incredible focus and attention must be put towards a situation that shakes up a previously smooth situation….just like a rider has to do when cycling along rocky or bumpy terrain.

Life takes a considerable amount of balance and just like when on a bike, you have to shift this balance to go along with the situations and conditions you face on your ride.

But just like when you fall off your bike, get a flat, or find yourself lost while checking out a new route….you do the same thing you do in life.  You jump back on, fix what isn’t working right, and journey along and get help from others to put you back on track.

I’ve often said that this Loving the Bike site is about life and bikes….and doesn’t everything in life revolve around the bike?  Not only does it revolve around the bike, but most of my life occurrences can be compared to riding a bike.  By doing that, I only have to remember the tagline to this website – Enjoy Your Ride – and all of a sudden everything makes sense once again.

So how does your life emulate riding a bike?

Enjoy Your Ride

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  26. JJ on July 23, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    My emulates a bike ride is several ways. The biggest way is in the fact that when I combine love, nature, effort, and determination I can perform well on my bike. When I do these same things I can perform well in life as well. Hey Darryl, great post by the way.

  27. Karen on July 23, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    No matter how hard things get, if you just keep moving the pedals you can go anywhere on a bike. That is the way riding a bike emulates my view on life.

  28. Darryl is Loving the Bike on July 23, 2012 at 2:15 pm
  29. Eric on July 23, 2012 at 1:50 pm

    Just like einstein said, as long as I keep moving my life is quite balanced. On a bike and in life.

    • Darryl is Loving the Bike on July 23, 2012 at 4:45 pm

      Yes, Einstein said it quite well. I would have liked to ride a few miles with him.

  30. Melinda on July 23, 2012 at 1:50 pm

    Hmm… I’m not sure, but the biggest thing so far would be if you fall down, get back up and get going again. Or something about how you really have to go out every day to build up your strength. I’ve only been a “serious” biker since the end of May. I’m still learning all the ins and outs. 😀

    • Darryl is Loving the Bike on July 23, 2012 at 4:44 pm

      Keep on riding, Melinda whether your a “serious” biker or just getting out for a ride around your neighborhood. Thanks for sharing your comment.

      • Melinda on July 24, 2012 at 7:16 am

        I thought of a new one this morning while I was out. “If you go down the hill, you must also come back up.” Thanks for this article and the link to the “Enjoy Your Ride” post. I decided to stop trying to compete against my husband who is at least two months ahead of me in training and to just enjoy myself and my bike. I seriously was able to enjoy myself this morning (as opposed to yesterday where I felt like throwing up). Thanks.

        • Darryl is Loving the Bike on July 24, 2012 at 8:34 am

          Hi again, Melinda. I’m glad the “Enjoy Your Ride” article was able to help you out. Keep on Loving the Bike and be sure to let us know if there is ever anything we can do to help.

  31. Jake on July 23, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    Congratulatioins on the work with bing. My life also is similar to a bike ride in a variety of ways. I like to think of my life as a journey down a long road with possibly a few bumps along the way, but by keeping my eyes on what lays ahead I can over come it all and continue along on my beautiful ride.

    • Darryl is Loving the Bike on July 23, 2012 at 4:45 pm

      Thanks, Jake. Keep on enjoying your ride as you venture down the beautiful path of life.

  32. Joel Phillips on July 23, 2012 at 11:01 am

    Riding a bicycle…the living embodiment of the saying, “you get exactly out of it, what you put into it”. I’ve said it countless times; blogged about it, made comments to posts at Loving the Bike and speak on the subject about how life is like riding a bicycle. I am quite proud of the statement I made to the media after crossing the 2012 RIde the Rockies finish line: “although the views from the tops of hills are spectacular, it’s the struggle of the climb that makes them worthwhile.”

    I’ve dedicated my life to helping people discover the joys of bicycling, it’s not an easy path to ride, but the views are like none on earth. It’s quite ironic if you really thing about it; a bicycle’s performance is entirely up to the individual. No one is going to say, “I’ll pedal up these hills for you” or “I’ve got these last 13 miles, just rest”, yet it’s from over the handlebars I see a future helping others find the gear needed to climb the steepest of hills. Life is an endurance ride of epic proportions, but there is no other way I’d chose to take the path from cradle to grave…

    Enjoy your ride indeed!

  33. Archergal on July 23, 2012 at 9:05 am

    “Hills always look bigger from the bottom.”
    This has been the best lesson I ever learned from riding the bike. I’m a TERRIBLE hill climber. At the bottom of a hill, I look up and think “I can’t do this.” But once I’m actually ON the hill, it’s not as bad as it looked from the bottom.

    Whenever I contemplate a new project and feel overwhelmed, I just tell myself “Hills always look too big from the bottom.” That gives me the courage to start, and then to keep going. 🙂

    • Melinda on July 23, 2012 at 1:58 pm

      I really like that. Thanks for the inspiration. Maybe tomorrow I can conquer the hill that gave me trouble this morning.

    • Darryl is Loving the Bike on July 23, 2012 at 4:46 pm

      Wow, that is a great one Archergal. Just keep on telling yourself that you can easily climb the hills and you’ll do it….both on and off the bike.


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